Life is full of accidents waiting to be had. A slip, a fall or the wrong piece of food can be bad news for your pearly whites. If you experience a dental emergency, you should always see your dentist as soon as possible. Enchanting Dentistry offers round-the-clock emergency dental services to accommodate our patients’ needs. But in the meantime, there are several ways you can relieve the pain and prevent further damage from happening. Look through some common scenarios to find out what you should do in a dental emergency.
Knocked Out Tooth
Keep the tooth moist at all times. Hold it by the crown and gently rinse it with warm water. Try to insert the tooth back into place. If it won’t take, store the tooth in between your teeth and your gums. You can also keep it in a pool of milk or a tooth saving product with the ADA Seal of Acceptance such as Save-A-Tooth.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to prevent an infection. Use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth to reduce the swelling and help with the pain. If your mouth is bleeding, use a piece of gauze to stop the blood flow.
Use warm water to rinse out your mouth. If there’s a large piece of food lodged in between your teeth, carefully use a piece of dental floss to remove it. Use a cold compress to reduce the pain. You should never put aspirin or any other type of pain reliever directly on your tooth for it may damage your gums.
Swollen Lip, Tongue, or Gums
If you bite or injure your soft tissue, rinse the area with warm water. A cold compress will relieve the pain. If the area begins to bleed, place a piece of gauze over the wound. If the bleeding is severe, go to the emergency room.
Broken or Loose Braces
A slip or a fall can knock one of the wires loose on your braces. If the exposed wire is poking your mouth, use a soft surface to move it into a more comfortable position. You can place a piece of orthodontic wax over the end to prevent any irritation in your mouth.
If you experience severe swelling or an infection in your mouth, rinse the area with warm water and apply a cold compress for the pain. In most cases, the abscess will not go away on its own. If left untreated, the infection could spread to the other areas in your mouth. Go to the emergency room if the swelling increases.
To prevent a dental emergency, refrain from chewing or biting hard objects. You should never attempt to cut something with your teeth. If something is stuck in your mouth, do not poke or insert sharp objects into your mouth. All in all, use caution when handling a dental emergency and make an appointment at your local dentist’s office.
Contact Enchanting Dentistry
At Enchanting Dentistry, we understand that accidents happen. That’s why we offer emergency dental care after hours. You can always count on Drs. Annette Middelhof to be there for you and provide the dental care you need. Give us a call today at 954-336-8478 to learn more.